72 Hour Lutheran
What is a 72 hour Lutheran? It is a person who happens to be Lutheran and has enough supplies in their home to meet their household’s basic needs for 72 hours. Being prepared to take care of your own family allows you to then reach out and help others.
Why this amount of time? If the Gulf Coast is hit by a hurricane it takes, on average, a majority of most governmental, state, and private entities 72 hours to respond. The goal in our synod is to have a majority of our people prepared at the basic level by creating 72 hour Lutherans which, in turn, lead to the natural creation of 72 hour congregations… able to take care of their own needs and available to respond to the needs of others. Let’s be ready for mission this season with enough supplies in their home to meet their household’s basic needs for 72 hours. Being prepared to take care of your own family allows you to then reach out and help others.
- How do I become a 72 Hour Lutheran?
- Help the members of your congregation become a 72 Hour Lutheran by using this bulletin insert.
Many lessons have been learned since the hurricanes hit the Gulf Coast. Being prepared is crucial.
This is a supplement for you and your congregation on how to plan for the impact of a pandemic in your church. A pandemic is something many of us have not experienced. Our goal at Lutheran Disaster Response is not to prepare you completely for a pandemic outbreak, but to give you a handle on what might occur and how to keep your congregation running if such a disaster occurs.
When anxiety is high in our culture, worship continues to be a primary location for the proclamation both of the good news of Jesus Christ and of the continuing compassion and care of God in the midst of our humanity. It is a place where we can find solace and reassurance in the midst of our fears. Great care should be taken to continue this central ministry of the church, especially in these times. Congregations are advised to use common sense and intentional action with regard to preventing the spread of pathogens while continuing to gather around the means of grace.
For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.
~ Jeremiah 29:11